Monday, December 5, 2022

‘Maar ke khatam Kar Aaj hi’ Rohit Sharma instructs Mayank Agarwal


India were 493/6 at the end of day two of the first test against Bangladesh. Mayank Agarwal scored his second test double hundred yesterday. He scored 243 runs in 330 balls with the help of 28 fours and 8 sixes. When Mayank Agarwal crossed the 200 hundred mark, Rohit Gave him instruction and said that ‘Maar ke khatam Kar Aaj hi’ from the dressing room.

At the end of day two, Ravindra Jadeja was batting on 60 and Umesh Yadav was batting on 25 runs. India have led by 343 runs in this match. Team Bangladesh has been all-out in the first inning at just 150 runs.

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“In terms of mindset, the fear of failure and letting go of it helped me change a lot. After that, I got hungry for runs. There have been times where I haven’t gotten runs. Every time I get set, I try to make it a point to convert into a big score,” Mayank Agarwal said at the end of day 2.

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“Definitely enjoyed it (about his journey with the Indian team so far). Playing my first game at Melbourne was something special and having contributed to the team’s win and India winning the series Down Under for the first time was a top feeling.

“That’s the feeling that wants me to keep going and everybody else to go out there and win tournaments for the team. It is about playing one ball at a time and keep batting as long as possible.”

“He’s (Ajinkya Rahane) a senior pro, he’s played a lot of Test cricket and kept guiding me throughout. The plan was to get a small partnership and take our time. Be cautious, then it was about building it more and more,” he explained.

“I back myself and was watching the ball well and picking it. There is bounce on this wicket and there is full value for shots. I went after anything I felt that was in my arc,” he said.

“We haven’t talked about it yet (declaration), the way we are going, we are in the driver’s set and will try to put them under a lot of pressure,” he signed off.



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